The Best Dramas Of All Time

Posted on August 24th, 2013

The Best Dramas Of All Time

AMC’s “Mad Men” and HBO’s “The Sopranos” are television dramas focusing on bad boys at home and at work. However, the main characters’ jobs – creative director at a 1960′s Manhattan advertising agency and head of a New Jersey mob – are far from typical.

“Mad Men,” which premiered in 2007 and should conclude in 2014, showcases Don Draper (Jon Hamm), a chain-smoking, constantly-drinking, smooth operator. Through force of will Draper transcended a hardscrabble background – he was raised in a brothel – to become a boardroom powerhouse. His family life Read more »

The Comeback Of The TV Musical

Posted on May 22nd, 2013

In the last decade, there have been many examples of musicals on television. The biggest and most obvious one is the musical/comedy “Glee.” The music of “Glee” consistently sells well on iTunes, and the program remains very popular in its fourth season.

Also, networks like PBS, NBC, ABC and Showtime have produced broadway shows and other musicals with various stars for television audiences. These include “A Christmas Carol,” “South Pacific” and several others.

Another trend is the “musical episode,” during which the regular cast breaks into Read more »

Best medical themed TV shows

Posted on March 14th, 2013

The medical drama was introduced to television viewers in 1961 when NBC first aired Dr. Kildare. It told the story of a young doctor in the beginning stages of his medical career. His story was one that would be retold in medical dramas throughout television history: a young doctor learning his craft while dealing with his patients’ personalities and earning the respect of his peers. Medically themed television shows have remained a viewer favorite for the same reason that shows about police officers remain popular. These are well-respected figures in society, and it is important to see the human side that they share with the common man.

The medical drama has had many different settings over the years, proving that the drama doesn’t all have to happen in the hospital. For years, we’ve seen different types of medical dramas and comedies with TV service from Flip on the TV now and you’ll find a medical show to watch.

From 1972 to 1983, MASH was one of the most popular shows on television. It told the story of a group of young doctors who had to work in a mobile medical unit during the Korean War. China Beach was a similar TV show which was set during the Vietnam War. Another popular medical show, Northern Exposure, told the tale of a New York physician who ended up in Alaska as a condition of repaying his student loans.

In the same way that some medical shows felt a need to leave the hospital setting, some medically themed shows were lighthearted and even comedic. ABC aired Doogie Howser, M.D. from 1989 to 1993. It was a fun medical show about a young genius who became a doctor at age 14 and had to learn to be a doctor as he learned about life. Scrubs was a popular comedy set at fictional Sacred Heart hospital, and it aired from 2001 to 2009.

Medical dramas will remain popular as long as there are people watching. House, M.D. was wildly popular even though it featured a doctor who went against the stereotype of most television physicians, and Grey’s Anatomy is one of the longest-running medical shows in recent memory.

The Best New Shows This Season

Posted on September 15th, 2012

Every year a multitude of new shows appear on television each season for viewers to choose from but only a few are good enough to last. This season is filled with a wide variety of new, exciting shows but there are some that are already the front runners for surviving. Here is an overview of some of the most anticipated shows that are coming out this fall.
First we have The Mindy Project which features Mindy Kaling from The Office. Read more »

Top Ten Sitcoms Of All Time

Posted on September 12th, 2012

Ever since television became a cultural force in the 1960s, sitcoms have made audiences laugh week after week. The following top ten sitcoms are the best of all time, and many continue to be enjoyed by audiences in syndication.

“Cheers” was beloved by audiences around the country for its hilarious cast of characters, including bartender Sam and his always-entertaining group of regulars.

Although “MASH” became more serious in later seasons, the show started as a sitcom that offered many laughs even in the middle of the Korean War.

“Seinfeld” is widely regarded as the best sitcom of all time because of its ablity to create humor of seemingly nothing. “The Golden Girls” brought laughs for years thanks to the crazy antics of Rose, Sophia, Blanche and Dorothy, four older women getting by with each other in Miami. “The Dick Van Dyke Show” perfectly blended cerebral humor with slapstick, earning it a spot on the best sitcom list of all time. Mary Tyler Moore dazzled in her own show, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” an inside look at the hilarity that ensues in newsrooms. The list rounds out with “Arrested Development,” “All in the Family,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Odd Couple.”

What Plays On Retro TV Network (RTN)

Posted on September 9th, 2012

The Retro TV Network presents viewers with a blast from the past. Established in 2005, Retro broadcasts a slate of programming primarily consisting of series that originally aired from the 1950s through the 1980s, although some shows were produced more recently. The network is available on about 70 affiliates throughout the United States.

Retro’s current schedule includes a selection of family-friendly animated fare, such as “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” and “The Archie Show.” Live-action offerings range from the 1950s Western “The Cisco Kid” to Read more »

Laugh Track: Necessary Or Simply Annoying

Posted on September 5th, 2012

The laugh track. That artificial sound of laughter that occasionally cuts into a program to notify viewers of “funny” moments within a show. It’s been incorporated into comedy shows for as long as we can remember, but is it really necessary? Or is it just down right annoying?

When asking different people whether they find laugh tracks to be necessary or annoying, you will get many different answers. Some people do, in fact, find laugh tracks to be quite annoying. Read more »

New TV Shows For The Whole Family

Posted on September 4th, 2012

The fall season of television features many new family friendly television shows that are sure to please everyone that watches them. One of the most highly anticipated shows in this category is Animal Practice, which will appear on NBC. This series is about a grumpy veterinarian who prefers the company of his animal patients over that of people. The plot and humor will appear to adults, while the animal appearances are sure to create many laughs for the kids. Another family friendly show to be on the look out for is Elementary,, which takes on a Sherlock Holmes mentality with all the excitement of solving mysteries. This one might not be a favorite of little kids but is sure to please your teens and adults. Guys with Kids is another new show that is going to be hilarious and entertaining for the whole family. This show is about three dads who live in the same building and are trying out how to be parents. Everyone will love this funny show that makes fun of the trials and tribulations of parenting, and kids will especially enjoy the “making fun of daddy” aspect of the show. All three of these shows are sure to be a hit with your family!